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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends provided by SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
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About
The atmospheric city of Edinburgh is best explored by night, when tales of mystery and murder are at their most frightening. Discover the dark side of Scotland's capital on a historical walking tour that covers Edinburgh’s morbid past. Wind your way through the cobbled streets of Calton Hill, North Bridge, and Canongate cemetery, all of which are inaccessible by coach bus or car, and listen to stories that focus on torture, treason, and death.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Explore Edinburgh at its most atmospheric on a night tour 
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
  • Visit the Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery
What to expect
  • Your evening tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an introduction to the city’s dark history. Wind your way down the cobbled streets surrounding Calton Hill and North Bridge, beneath which lies the Blair Street Vaults. Discover tales of torture and treason interspersed with stories of pagan festivals and dramatic historical events. Get acquainted with the deceased residents of Canongate cemetery, and discover the truth behind the gruesome exploits of Burke and Hare, the notorious Edinburgh grave robbers. Your tour concludes on the Royal Mile.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Explore Edinburgh at its most atmospheric on a night tour 
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
  • Visit the Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery
What to expect
  • Your evening tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an introduction to the city’s dark history. Wind your way down the cobbled streets surrounding Calton Hill and North Bridge, beneath which lies the Blair Street Vaults. Discover tales of torture and treason interspersed with stories of pagan festivals and dramatic historical events. Get acquainted with the deceased residents of Canongate cemetery, and discover the truth behind the gruesome exploits of Burke and Hare, the notorious Edinburgh grave robbers. Your tour concludes on the Royal Mile.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6785EDGHOST
Call +27 21 426 8204
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • 130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the Red Umbrellas!
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Children up to 13 years old are welcome to join this tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • We unfortunately do not advise guests in wheelchairs to join the Dark Side Tour, due to the narrow stairways and steep hills. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the Red Umbrellas!
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Children up to 13 years old are welcome to join this tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • We unfortunately do not advise guests in wheelchairs to join the Dark Side Tour, due to the narrow stairways and steep hills. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 15 Jul 2020
A note from Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
- Breaks will be shortended - Guests are encouraged to bring own masks - Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone) - Smaller groups to ensure appropriate social distance - Tour group picture will no longer be taken
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    130 High St
    130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the Red Umbrellas!
    See address & details
  • 1
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    North Bridge
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Calton Hill
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Old Calton Burial Ground
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Canongate Kirk
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Edinburgh Old Town
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Teddy O
London, UK3 contributions
Great tour
Dec 2021 • Couples
Conchi(hope that’s right) was a Brilliant tour guide. She made our trip. Was full of knowledge and fun interesting stories.
Written 8 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

IareRichard
4 contributions
I liked it so much I left a trip advisor review.
Dec 2021 • Couples
Apart from the cold, the tour was a great way to spend the night. Each story was different to the last and our guide (Jen) really knew how to break the ice, being informative and comedic.
Written 8 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Samuel L
2 contributions
Tremendous tour & guide!
Dec 2021
Fiona is probably the best tour guide I've ever had! Supremely knowledgable, very fun, and extremely engaging. The topics were terrific and, while not ~haunted~ (this isn't a ghost tour!!) were well-suited to a stroll in the dark. I was sad when it came to an end!!! Highly recommend.
Written 7 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

katierhian
Doncaster, UK24 contributions
Highly recommend Jen!!!
Jen did our tour. She was amazing! So informative and she was so funny and the stories/ history was great. There wasn’t too much walking only the cold usual Scottish weather! Would highly recommend doing this!!!
Written 6 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

fan_of_bowie_321
London, UK2 contributions
100% recommend
Jule is a wonderful tour guide and I learnt lots about this amazing city! The history of Mary King’s Close is both fascinating and shocking.
Written 3 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Chloe
1 contribution
Amazing
Dec 2021 • Couples
Angus was amazing! All information was engaging and the sights were incredible. Highly recommend if you are visiting for the first time.
Written 3 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lorraine W
Hartlepool, UK77 contributions
dark side walk
we’ve just done the walking tour with a guide called angus had a great time and learned lots of interesting titbits would definitely do it again
Written 3 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ella M
1 contribution
Dark side tour 10/10!
Dec 2021 • Couples
Angus, tour guide, was lots of fun and we had such a fun time. Not like anything we have done before and enjoyed every second! Really interesting and Angus made the experience even better!
Written 3 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Adam H
Chelmsford, UK2 contributions
Jens Tour
Dec 2021 • Friends
The tour was really good and Jen, the tour guide was absolutely brilliant! Highly knowledgeable, hilarious and really brought the stories of Edinburgh to life.
Written 2 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rhianna
1 contribution
Horrible Histories at its best!
Nov 2021 • Couples
This tour was a highlight for sure. Jen was entertainment at its finest. She can portray information and facts in a fun way- and kept us all on our toes. It was the perfect length and would 100% recommend. I loved horrible histories as a kid and this was the adult version!

Just a heads up - if you struggle with old town steps this tour does have sections of that/ the terrain is not all flat.
Written 30 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Brilliant walking tour!
The free city walking tour was fantastic. We did the 2pm one on a Sunday, it lasted around an hour and a half which
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no show
booked in advance and the tour guide didnt show up, we waited patientlly in the rain for almost half an hour before
dixrosie
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Great walking tour
Fantastic walking tour with Angus who was super knowledgeable about Edinburgh and could answer any questions we had
503harrietb
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Informative historical tour
We did the free walking tour of Edinburgh. Rollo was very informative, engaging and enthusiastic, and gave us some
jenniferwI5573ZM
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If you get Angus you are in for a treat!
Angus gave us a very entertaining walk around the Old Town. He was very informative, and could answer all our ques
GonGonKennedy
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Eva rules.
Had an awesome couple of hours on the walking tour with Eva! She was very engaging, knowledgeable and enthusiastic
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A must for every visitor to Edinburgh
We enjoyed a walk around Edinburgh with our guide Angus. He was very knowledgable, funny and enthused about his su
Alex V
Alex V
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Free walking tour
I did the free walking tour with Angus as a guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, funny and charismatic. It was a
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Fantastic tour
We had a tour with Monique who's enthusiasm for all things Potter was infectious. I arrived claiming not to be much
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I would recommend for Harry potter fans
Really enjoyed the tour. The guide Monique was brilliant. Fun quiz to take part in too. Was really interesting
BrianK97
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Great HP Tour
Great tour with Jen - she was so full of information and enthusiasm she really made the experience a blast! In add
nathanielpauloa
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Very fun
The Harry Potter tour was fun. We had a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic Potterhead/guide Monique. She shared a
Ashley W
Ashley W
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Harry Potter Tour Oct 21 with sister
Amy who was only 19 was fantastic. She said she was new to role but i really enjoyed the tour. Very knowledgeable a
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A Must For Potter Fans
If you any sort of Harry Potter fan just do this tour it’s amazing, Jen our guide was fantastic, funny and such a P
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Free Walking Tour
We had a fantastic time with Jule on the free walking tour! She told the best stories and really connected the city
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